Those who plan to cancel their Employment Pass may do so through their employer or an authorized immigration agency. They may either do so in person or online; the website to be used is the official website of the Ministry of Manpower.
Incidentally, we at Paul Hype Page & Co are able to provide assistance for all matters related to the EP. If you are a foreigner who is interested in living and working in Singapore, please contact us – we will provide you with advice on how to go about receiving an EP.
Before an EP can be cancelled, its holder must prepare certain documents. The documents needed are the EP itself, related pass holders’ travel documents, as well as their passports. Once these documents are submitted alongside the cancellation form, the cancellation request will be reviewed by the authorities and submitted documents will be examined before the cancellation may take place.
After the EP has been cancelled, the former EP holder will be issued with an acknowledgement letter and a Short Term Visit Pass (STVP) which has a validity period of 30 days validity. Those who have an STVP may only remain in Singapore for as long as it is valid.
After an Employment Pass has been cancelled, all related passes tied to the main pass such as the Dependant’s Pass (DP) and Long Term Visit Pass (LTVT) will be automatically cancelled at the same time. Thus, such DP holders can no longer in Singapore and will also receiver an STVP which will be valid for 30 days.
Those who have received a cancellation acknowledgement letter must return their original work pass and all other related work passes by dropping them at MOM’s office. It is also possible to mail them the passes within seven days of the date of cancellation.
What to Do After Cancellation of an Employment Pass
Most people who have had their EP cancelled will spend the remaining 30 days in Singapore to complete any remaining formalities because the 30-day validity period of the STVP may not be extended. Those who have plans to continue working and living in Singapore may apply for jobs during this period. However, those who are offered a job must apply for a new EP.
Similarly, those who plan to remain in Singapore to set up a business will also be required to apply for an appropriate pass. This is where we at Paul Hype Page & Co offer our services. We offer a package that covers both the processes of company incorporation and EP application. Our fees are among the most reasonable for the many high-quality services which we supply.
Those who violate the terms of the STVP’s validity will be punished accordingly or possibly even deported. Such offenders are also likely to be barred from receiving any further Singapore work passes.
What to Do Before Leaving Singapore
Those who plan to leave Singapore permanently must attend to certain matters. Such people must ensure that all their taxes have been paid; however, their employers will usually assist them with such matters.
Accommodation matters must also be settled. Those who have been renting must inform their landowner, settle any payments, collect their deposit. They must also close accounts with any utility providers and collect any unclaimed deposits.
The banks with which the person leaving has accounts must be notified, as well as any relevant credit card and insurance companies. All payments are to be made before departure.
Those who have dependents in Singapore must also ensure that all institutions to which dependents are attached are appropriately notified.